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Judge reserves judgment in RCMP assault case being heard in Williams Lake
Judge Randall William Callan has reserved judgement in the case of a charge of assault against RCMP Const. Andy Yung being heard in provincial court in Williams Lake.
Crown counsel Lori Stevens and defence lawyer Rod Gregory gave their final arguments on Wednesday morning.
A meeting is scheduled for Feb. 13 at 1:30 p.m. to fix a date for the judge to give his decision.
The assault charge against Yung stems from an incident on Sept. 10, 2011 when then 17-year-old Jamie Haller was taken into police custody.
Haller testified she was punched in the face several times by Yung while she was handcuffed in the rear seat of a police cruiser.
Yung testified he punched Haller several times in the face, but only after she kicked him in the face and scissor-locked his head with her legs.
The trial began Monday morning and for two full days the judge heard testimony and cross-examination of police officers, civilian witnesses, an RCMP civilian employee, Haller, her mother Martina Jeff, their family doctor, and Yung.
In addition Sgt. Marvin Fefchak of the Abbotsford Police Department has been in Williams Lake this week and said he submitted evidence that he gathered during the independent investigation of the incident to the court on Monday morning.